"Batman's" Gotham Was... Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Disney has created an adorable tribute to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” via its “As Told by Emoji” video series.
Last week, fans said goodbye (for now) to Batman artist Greg Capullo who after completing nearly 50-issues of the Dark Knight’s flagship series walked away as a key part of the most productive, longest-running DC Comics’ New 52 creative team.
But one internet artist in particular gave Capullo a particularly animated goodbye over the past several weeks. As part of his Instagram feed, illustrator Rick Celis created an homage to each of Capullo’s 47 Batman covers in the style of Bruce Timm and company’s classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon.
The mash-up not only revisited the designs and illustrations of Scott Snyder’s partner in crime. It also reveled in an insane level of detail to connect the New 52 and animated takes on Batman’s world. From Mark Hamill’s Joker putting on the freaky “Death of the Family” skin mask to the jawline of Timm’s Commissioner Gordon showing up for the “Superheavy” era to an all-star animated Justice League, Celis nailed the little details of the entire project. Check out the artist’s full gallery of cover homages after the jump.
For those of you longing for the good old days when Green Arrow had a goatee, rejoice — the fan-favorite look has returned, thanks to the latest addition to Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective line of figures, which sees Oliver Queen back with facial hair.
Currently available for pre-order, the figure is being sold for $75 USD and releases this fall. 1:12 scaled and highly realistic, the latest Mezco Green Lantern figure comes with 32 points of articulation, fabric clothing and an adjustable hood. Take a look at some pics below:
The Clown Prince of Crime is about to become the Clown Coaster of Six Flags. Following the opening of the Joker Chaos Coaster in Six Flags’ Atlanta theme park, another Joker-themed ride is set to open in Jackson, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure. Simply titled “The Joker,” the 120-foot-tall coaster is described as a 4-D, free-fly coaster that flips riders upwards of six times and features two “beyond 90-degree” drops.
To get comics readers and coaster riders alike pumped for the new attraction, Six Flags has posted a new construction update video that includes “The Joker’s” inaugural test ride. And yeah, it’s as much of a doozy as the above description implies.
If you’re looking for a different take on the classic Batman vs. Superman storyline, look no further than LEGO builder Thorsten Bonsch’s recent brick creation.
“In my opinion, they take the whole Superman and Batman theme too serious, therefore I wanted to build something lighthearted,” writes the builder in a Flickr description. “After being tired of fighting in Metropolis, Bruce and Clark continue to do so in Smallville, until they damage Kent’s barn and Martha Kent puts an end to the fight. She allows the ‘boys’ to settle their differences in a one-on-one game.”
The Man of Steel’s accountability was a central theme in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” specifically following the destruction seen in the final act of 2013’s “Man of Steel.” But there’s one thing Superman didn’t do in either “Man of Steel” or “BvS”: accidentally and unknowingly crush puny humans under his boots. A new short from Funny or Die posits what it would have looked like if Superman was really oblivious to his power — and if he also didn’t watch where he was landing.
Publishing | Zainab Akhtar looks at the success of Koyama Press and how it changed the comics small press world as a whole. She starts with the amazing origin story: Founder Annie Koyama nearly died from a brain aneurysm, and while she was recovering she played the stock market so successfully that she was able to quit her job and launch Koyama Press. For six years she provided funding for artists without taking anything for herself, and she also searched for and promoted emerging artists. “On an immediate level, Annie’s generous yet meritocratic approach validated the work of artists who were otherwise written off by the established alternative comics community, which often views this new generation of cartoonists working primarily online as somehow less legitimate,” Akhtar writes. “On a broader scale, her commitment to taking risks on emerging artists reflected an ongoing paradigm shift affecting the way alternative comics are produced and consumed.” [The Fader]
This seems like the perfect gift for a certain brooding First Order leader with a penchant for creepy nostalgia and violent outbursts (hint: his name rhymes with Milo Penn). Yes, it’s a Darth Vader helmet covered with python skin.
The original artwork for the final two pages of the 1939 Tintin comic King Ottokar’s Sceptre sold at auction Saturday in Paris for €1.05 million, or about $1.2 million.
Another two-page spread from the same book sold at auction last fall for $1.7 million. While that’s a hefty sum, it’s not a record price for Tintin art: That belongs to a 1939 illustration signed by creator Hergé, which fetched $2.9 million in 2014.
An avowed fan of American superheroes, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima jumped at the opportunity to draw a pair of posters for the Friday opening of Captain America: Civil War in Japan.
“I cannot believe Marvel authorized me to draw Iron Man and Cap!,” Mashima said, according to Anime News Network.
If you’re going to fight Apocalypse, you better wear the right shoes for the occasion.
Supra Footwear is about to release a limited-edition sneaker inspired by Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Called the X-Men Vaider, the black high-top features the signature X-emblem, and an embossed leather overlay that gives a nod to the costumes in the film.
If you still have space in your home (and money in your bank account) after buying that life-size Batman, life-size Harley Quinn and life-size Slimer, then a.) wow, nice house, and b.) hold onto that job, because NECA is about to release a life-size Deadpool foam replica.
Unfortunately, there are no final-product images available, but we do have concept art and details, courtesy of BigBadToyStore. Based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth (alas, not Ryan Reynolds), this 6-foot replica is made of hand-painted foam rubber and latex.
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than with a tribute to the greatest of all tree-like aliens (Flora colossus), Groot?
Supergirl is flying into LEGO Dimensions.
According to BrickSet, the instructions for a Supergirl minifigure appeared Thursday on LEGO.com before they were quickly removed. They reveal a gold base, instead of the typical blue for Dimensions figures, leading to speculation that Supergirl might be an exclusive promo.
Legal | An Illinois mother says a trademark dispute is hampering her attempt to raise money for her 3-year-old son with cerebral palsy. Holly Bueno says while sitting in the hospital with her son Manny, she began writing a book called The Adventures of Supermanny. “My driving force was I wanted to give myself a voice and my son a voice, and I want there to be a story out there where the main character is in a wheelchair, there aren’t too many of those,” she says. Bueno had hoped to sell the book to raise money for a wheelchair ramp, but when she filed a trademark application last year for “Supermanny,” she drew the attention of DC Comics, which said it was too close to Superman. (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office filings show Bueno abandoned the mark in February.) Regardless of what happens with the trademark issue, there is also another fund-raiser for Manny — a superhero-themed 5k race. [ABC7 Chicago]